2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)


Friday, September 18, 2015

2015 Walt Disney World Half Marathon

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Cute little button for the half marathon - think celebration button only in half the size
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Medal replica pin
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Dopey half and full bib
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Commemorative half pin
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Long sleeve tech participant shirt

Slept right through the alarms or they didn't go off.  Thankfully I have my own internal alarm clock so I wasn't too late getting up - I'd later figure out that I set the alarm clock for pm instead of am - Freudian slip?  Got all geared up, no costume today, it just didn't work out.  No issues on the monorail and was at the reunion area pretty quickly.
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See, still pretty empty when I got there
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Justin and Chris and me
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Chris, me and Matt
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Just me this time

We all chatted for a bit, took a bio break and then started the long cattle drive to the corrals.  As we were on our way back to the corrals there was a DJ set up and she had cheerleaders there with her.  The cheerleaders were all happy and bubbly and then the DJ was speaking in this monotone.  She was saying things like - "good morning", "so inspiring", "you're awesome", "amazing", "so glad you're here"...It was just so odd because she spoke in the most calm, monotone, droning manner.  It really made all of us just sort of stop and look at each other and then bust out laughing.  It became the most memorable part of the races this year.

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Got in my corral and worked my up to the front of the corral and managed to get right up to the very front.  It was a long wait, but there were lots of people to talk to and that helps time pass more quickly.  At least it wasn't so bitingly cold this morning.
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We started walking about an hour after the first corral took off
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The start banner
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The stage

Finally it was our turn to go.  My left heel was sore, but not too bad today so I planned on one minute walk, thirty second run intervals.

There was a marching band and then the mile one marker.
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Then some stilt walkers
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Mile two and a pirate ship were up next
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Now we're heading through the Magic Kingdom toll plaza

The weather is great for me this morning and I'm just keeping a slow easy pace.  There were a couple of race cars out for photos

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Mile three
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Wreck It Ralph
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Jack and Sally

I was still feeling pretty good at this point and I was having fun taking pictures.  We were at the Ticket and Transportation Center before I knew it.
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Mile four

As you exit the Transportation and Ticket Center there is a corp of drummers and they are always fun with a good beat to run too.

Just as I start to go up the hill I catch up to Matt - I was so excited to catch up to him.
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Cone Alley, Contemporary Hill, fun DJ
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Space Mountain looks so good in the morning - especially after that darn hill
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Mile five

We're starting to get excited now as we now we'll be hitting Main Street very soon
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The ugly before the beauty
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Matt and me walking right down the middle of Main Street USA...Still strange to see all the Christmas decorations still up
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Not much better than walking down Main Street to soak up the energy of the crowd
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Cute figures on a construction wall
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Headed in to Tomorrowland
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Hi Buzz
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Off with their heads
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I'm stuck in a box - Rapunzel help me out
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See, I like the Mime!
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The castle is just up ahead - Matt wants to run through the castle
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If I ride the carousel for 13.1 miles will it count towards a Dopey medal

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Ana, Elsa and Kristoph are on the balcony - where are the trumpeters?
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Trudging through the castle - too crowded to truly run
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Hello photographer on the ground.  You look like a little ant from way up here.  Matt stop taking selfies
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Always readjusting
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See you later alligator

The Country Bears were out in Frontierland and then we're at mile six
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Mile six
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Choo Choo
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An empty parade float

On the way out of the Magic Kingdom there is a bridge and normally it is covered with fake grass or something similar.  This year it was covered in wood and I swear the runners were like little kids stomping over the wood because it made a ton of noise.

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And another DJ at the half way point and the crowded cone lane

Past the DJ we hear Taylor Swift's Shake It Off until we get to mile seven

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Mile seven
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Mary, Burt and Penguins - oh my!
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By the golf course - Golfer Goofy and Golfer Mickey
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Seriously Abu is just too darn scary for words - I mean it, look at him

Keeping it slow and steady.  Matt is still hanging with me.  We reach the Clif gel stop and - wait - there are no gels - none, zero, zilch, nada, zip.  While I don't rely on them, I know there are a lot of people that do and Matt could have used one at this point.

I saw Rae right before mile eight and we ran to catch up to her.  She's doing awesome as usual.  We're with her for a little while and then she just books on past us.  A little bit behind me I hear a familiar voice - it's Eric, his sister and mom.  We slow a little bit to let them catch up to us.

There's another marching band.

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Mile nine

Matt has been hanging with me this entire time, but I can tell he's getting a little tired at this point.

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Mile ten - 5K to go

I feel bad because Matt is starting to fall behind, but I'm feeling pretty good and I decide to keep going.  I know Matt will be okay because Eric is back there and he'll take care of Matt.  I catch up to Rae again.

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Drop and give me 30 - ha, if I drop I'm done
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Deja vu - haven't I seen you before?
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Mile eleven

It's mile eleven and I'm really feeling fantastic.  I'm with Rae for a bit, but she's not used to my intervals so I keep going.  Although I'm still feeling bad about leaving Matt behind, I still have to keep moving forward.  Besides, he's young, he'll probably catch up to me anyway.

As I make the turn to the overpass I see Rae just behind me and then just a little behind Rae I see Matt.  I encourage them to keep going we're getting there.  Up the hill and down the hill.

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Hello DJ
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Mile twelve
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I'm feeling amazing and pretty fresh considering.  There's backstage, Spaceship Earth and the last water stop
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Heading through Epcot
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I am shocked as someone grabs my shoulder.  It's Matt, he did it.  He caught up to me.  I'm so happy to see him.  So proud and impressed that he caught up - amazing!
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Quick wave to the camera
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Thumbs up - we're almost done
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Love the gospel choir
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Love the mile thirteen mile marker even more!
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The home stretch
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Matt wants to grab hands and raise our arms in the air - sure, why not?
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We get our medals and a picture
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Got to get my official finisher photo
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And one with my half buddy Matt!
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2015 Walt Disney World Half Marathon Medal
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2015 Walt Disney World Half Marathon Lanyard

I have to say that this was one of the best half marathons I've done.  It was so much fun taking pictures, having fun with Matt, catching Rae and Eric, and just perfect weather for me.  Things just felt right today.


Disney Runs said...

I can tell by those pics in Epcot that this was one of your best! Your smile tells it all!

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